To get episodes out on time, television shows must shoot efficiently, like a well-oiled machine. All of your favorite show’s writing, construction and maintenance, rehearsals, and editing are all done on a very tight schedule. And when a show continues for season after season, this hectic schedule can continue, virtually uninterrupted, for years. Because the pressure is on to get an episode in the can as quickly as possible, scripted television rarely lends itself to improvising. Yet some series, even many classic hits, feature some iconic unscripted moments.
Do you want to know which of your favorite classic TV moments were ad-libbed? Read ahead, and rest assured, you will be surprised!
1. Connectivity Problems On Parks And Recreation
Parks and Recreation, abbreviated as “Parks and Rec” by fans, was one of the most popular sitcoms of the past decade. Additionally, some of Hollywood’s current biggest stars, like Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt, had their breakthroughs on the show.
One of Pratt’s best-known lines as the dim-but-lovable Andy Dwyer was on the third season episode “Flu Season.” When his boss, Leslie, comes down with the flu, Andy attempts to help her by Googling her symptoms. His discovery? “…it says you could have ‘network connectivity problems.'”
The line became one of the most famous unscripted moments on the show. Pratt ad-libbed the line, and it made co-star Amy Poehler laugh so hard that it needed to stay in.